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My mum says "are you thai or british?
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    so happy!

    Hi! My name is Kanya Wallace and I was born in Bangkok in the year 1986. I'm 15 years old coming onto 16 years. I now live in Scotland, UK and I moved here since I was 8/9 years old. I go to a secondary school called Kincorth Academy and I'm a 4th year student studying my Standard Grades. This is my last year at studying Standard Grades and my exams are in May. In this school, you can have the choice of leaving at the end of your 4th year exam but only if you are born before 30th of September. Otherwise you must stay on in school but you can leave at Christmas if you wish. Or you can stay on in school until 5th year where you can choose your own subjects where you will be studying in one the following levels; Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 or Higher. Once you've finish 5th year you can choose to leave or study until your last year, which is Advance Higher. (It's quite complicated and trust me, it takes quite a while for me to understand these rules&#33 Right now, I'm studying Maths, English, French, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Computing and Music and everyone has got on choice but to do P.E as well and this adds on 2 periods of your time table(which is gym where you play sports). In my spare time, I play violin, tennis and the sport I love which is basketball.

    Even though I'm Thai, my friends keep saying to me that they think I'm no longer Thai, I'm British!! It's because I haven't live there for so long, I forgot my Thai writing and reading, but I can still read Thai a little bit. My Thai speaking has also been poor. My mum even gives me trouble and says that "Are you Thai or British? Are you gonna speak English to your relatives when we go over to visit them?!" I've been trying to learning Thai again but I find it really hard. I'm going over to Thailand in June for 6 weeks & I'm really looking forward to it. I usually go back to Thailand every 3 years. To see all my friends again. And that's another problem, I can't even remember some of their names!!

    When I first moved to Scotland I was quite scared. Scared of leaving my families behind, wonder what Scotland was like and also I could not speak English at first. I attended a special school for Foreign people and I was able to speak English within 6 months. Now I have many friends and we're planning to take a year off after 6th year. Hopfully, I will live in Thailand for a year during my year off and also I'm planning to take my friends with me where they will stay in Thailand with me for a couple of months. They all said that Thailand is a beautiful country and the weather is very hot! That's it for me.

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    Nong Kanya,

    Your story is very interesting. I was wondering if your mom and dad speak Thai to you at home. It is the best way to keep your languange. I know many Thai family raising their children abroad. These kids were born overseas but are able to speak Thai quite fluently considering their circumstances. Their parents have a rule that when at home they have to speak Thai. The incentive is they will be able to comunicate with their relatives on their annual visit to Thailand.

    If you really want to brush up your Thai you might want to ask your parents to speak to you in Thai. Buy a Thai magazine and start reading it. Thai stuff is not hard to find in the UK nowadays.

    Good luck.

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    if your mom is thai, why don't you ask her to speak thai with you and try to talk to her in thai la?

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    Hi Kanya, my name is Patty. I live in South Yorkshire, England. I moved here since i was 10. I'm now 20. My mum married an English man and so me and my sister had to moved here as well. We like it here, but miss Thailand though. I can speak Thai but my sister can't. I'm bad at writting though. I'm still learning to write in thai as much as i can.

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    Hey Kanya, my name is Angela, and I'm half Thai. My mom is also always asking me if I'm Thai or White, or whatever. My mother speaks to me in Thai a lot at home, and it has helped me learn the language. I can barely speak it because I don't seem to put fourth much effort, but I'm able to understand the language. It's tough, dude! Just don't be lazy like me, and you can get the hang of it.:laugh:

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]I usually go back to Thailand every 3 years. To see all my friends again. And that's another problem, I can't even remember some of their names!!
    Yes I have trouble remembering names told to me 5 minutes before, well maybe I don't want to fill my head with irrelevant information.

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    Ive never quite understand some of the Hi-So parents that send their kids off to study abroad at an early just so that they get a western type education and learn English regardless of whether their kid becomes completely defunct in thier mother language or not.

    A lot of parents, after sending their kid abroad for a year or two, spend the next year complaining that their kid is now ignorant of Thai values and has lost his respect for his elders.

    Or you get some real dim-witted mothers, who after sending their kid abroad for a few years then sarcastically asks their own kid "Are you a Thai of a Farang?". What a pathetic thing to say to your kid!
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    happy

    I guess they want to eat the cake and have it too. However, it must be difficult for the parents too, to say goodbye to their child for such a long time, even if they realize that it's for the kid's own benefit. What they don't realize, or perhaps underestimate, is the influence of another culture on such receptive, impressionable minds.

    You are right, Steve, it's really the parents' fault if they cannot accept this and give a hard time to their kid for it.

    Though I left my home country fairly late (one day after my 20th birthday), I still feel that the influence of five years in the US and eight months in Thailand significantly changed the person who left Europe so long ago. For the better or for the worse, is in the eye of the beholder. But whatever those changes may be, people who truly loved me back then -including my closest family- still love me the same now.

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    Hey everyone!
    My name is Marisa and I'm Australian born to a Thai mother and NZ father. My mum was actually born and raised in England so English is actually her first language, and so she never really taught me Thai. I recently moved to Chiang Mai for six months so that I can finally learn to speak Thai, and I was so excited to find so many other 'halfies' with similar experiences on this website!

    I am actually writing a paper about the experiences of half-Thai, half Caucasian people and their experiences growing up, how they relate to themselves, etc. I would be SO appreciative of anyone who might like to email me and tell me a bit about where the come from, their background, and how they feel about it.

    Hope to hear from you all soon!
    Cheers,
    Marisa

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